Bristol Housing Festival: Housing Leadership Breakfast Seminar

Our Homes, Communities & Regeneration Sector Team is pleased to invite you to a special breakfast seminar at Ashfords’ Bristol Office on Thursday 27 June.

The Team will be joined by Jez Sweetland and Jessie Wilde of the Bristol Housing Festival, a five year project launched in October 2018 focused on building new communities across the city, to discuss the following:

  • The challenges to provide housing for all in Bristol
  • The work and ambition of the Bristol Housing Festival
  • Ongoing projects
  • The future of housing provision
  • Mechanisms for fulfilling housing need with quality homes and communities


Thursday 27th June 2019


7:30 - 8:00 Arrival & Breakfast

8:00 - 9:00 Discussion & Presentation

9:00 - 10:00 Networking & Close

This event its aimed at local authorities, housing associations, charities, residential property developers, planners and lenders – all of whom have a passion and interest in resolving the challenges we face in delivering quality homes and communities at pace across Bristol.

Visit the Bristol Housing Festival website to learn more.

This event has limited spaces, to register your interest please contact our Events Team

Below are the two external speakers from the Bristol Housing Festival. 

Jessie is passionate about the worth of people, about justice and about equality. Her motivation lies in the conviction that every individual is valuable and should be treated as such.

She has a background in developing systems and operational processes, reporting processes, administration, and internal communications to support organisational growth. She has a wealth of relationship management skills and has developed partner and stakeholder engagement with a range of organisations regionally and nationally. Jessie has significant experience delivering and developing training materials aimed at a wide range of stakeholders and is an excellent event manager. She is an engaging and passionate speaker and has a breadth of experience in team management and volunteer management.

Jessie has a BA (Hons) in History of Art and is passionate about excellence, clear communication, ensuring all people are highly valued and creating beautiful things.

She is also an Artist and her work can be found in different houses, offices and businesses in Bristol and beyond.

Jez Sweetland is an experienced leader and has managed and initiated change and strategic development in a variety of settings and has worked across a wide range of key stakeholder relationships. He has led both corporate and charitable organisations and enjoyed the challenge of setting and achieving a mission (in partnership with others), affecting culture change and developing relationships.

He is resourceful, emotionally intelligent, entrepreneurial and has excellent organisational and communication skills. In previous job roles he acted as the CEO of Guildhall Chambers, a Barristers Chambers in Bristol, and CEO of a charitable national skills training organisation. His working career started in law where he qualified as a solicitor with Eversheds and then moved to Berwin Leighton Paisner in London where he spent nearly 4 years in their corporate finance department working on M&A transactions and a mix of private equity and public listings.

On leaving private legal practice he spent several years in broader management roles including setting up the operations of a new think tank before moving into his first CEO role.

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